Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s consistent claims to the contrary, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a recent interview that his country is not plagued by corruption.
Responding specifically to Trump’s assertion that Ukraine was identified as having the third-highest rate of corruption in the world, Zelensky said, “That’s not true.”
Going on to assert that Ukrainian leaders “fight each day” to shed that reputation, he pleaded with his American counterpart to stop making disparaging remarks.
“Please, please stop saying that Ukraine is a corrupt country, because from now, it’s not true,” Zelensky said. “We want to change this image.”